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# Redirects
redirect "mac-osx-code-injection/index.html", to: "blog/2013/mac-osx-code-injection/"
redirect "directx11-hooking/index.html", to: "blog/2012/directx11-hooking/"
redirect "blog/mac-osx-code-injection/index.html", to: "/blog/2013/mac-osx-code-injection/"
redirect "blog/directx11-hooking/index.html", to: "/blog/2012/directx11-hooking/"
# Helpers
# Methods defined in the helpers block are available in templates
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---
published: false
title: Packwood Lake to Old Snowy Mountain Loop
date: 2017-08-18 PDT
header_img: /hike/2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/header.jpg
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# Trip Report
This was my last trip of the season. It was epic.
### Day 1
No epic views today but I knew we would be rewarded tomorrow
No sweeping views today but I knew we would be rewarded tomorrow
for the work put in today.
We left the trailhead parking lot at around 1:30pm.
@@ -43,7 +44,7 @@ and we kept going.
After finally entering the designated wilderness area,
we hiked 3.5 miles to Lost Lake, gaining quite a bit of elevation.
The lake was nice -- the white trees in the distance ådded some
The lake was nice -- the white trees in the distance added some
unique color to the landscape.
There was a family camping there, and
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We were pleasantly surprised by the campsite… it was super close
to the creek, and people had already made a bench and fire ring!
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/camp1.jpg"), :caption => "Topographic map") %>
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/camp1.jpg"), :caption => "Camp 1") %>
The fog quickly rolled in right before sunset, and we started a campfire, ate good food,
and drifted off to sleep.
@@ -66,10 +66,15 @@ Fog blanketed the forest after we woke up. We ate a warm breakfast,
started a campfire, broke camp, and hit trail soon enough.
After a bit, we started getting previews of the big vistas to come.
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/ledge.jpg"), :caption => "We were greeted by grand vistas") %>
We reached a ridge after a long uphill stretch. Walking along the ridge was
such a cool experience. With nothing blocking the view, we had huge views in every direction.
such a cool experience. With nothing blocking the view, we had huge views in every direction. The tall mountain
far in the distance is Old Snowy, which I would be summitting later in the day.
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/ridge.jpg"), :caption => "Ridge walk! with Old Snowy, our destination, in the distance") %>
Sadly, after our long climb to the ridge, we started hiking downwards.
Sadly, after our long climb to the ridge, we started hiking downhill.
It felt like wasted effort since we were going to
climb back up anyways. It was straight downhill
until we reached the bottom of the Packwood Saddle. At the bottom, we
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I left camp at 3:30pm and started booking it up towards
the summit of Old Snowy. I wanted to make it down before sunset.
The hike to the summit was pretty cool. It mostly ran along a thin ridgeline, so hiking that quickly
was super exhilarating. I saw a few mountain goats and ran into group descending. The views back into
the valley were absurd.
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/valleyview.jpg"), :caption => "The view back into the valley...") %>
At some points I'm pretty sure I lost the trail and had to scramble on all fours to continue upwards.
Kinda sketch. Also, the clouds started rolling in as I was approaching the summit, so visibility was
pretty bad at some points. After pulling myself up to the summit, I spent more than an hour at the top,
admiring the view, taking photos, and waiting for the clouds to clear. When they did, I was amazed.
There were 360 views in every direction, I could see Mt. Rainier in the distance, and I could follow
the ridgelines to where I came. A group of NOBO PCT thru-hikers summited shortly after I did, and I spent
a bunch of time talking to them and admiring the views.
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/header.jpg"), :caption => "The view from the summit...") %>
At some point, I forced myself to leave since there was less than hour of daylight left. It got super
cold and windy so I put on all my layers and started running towards camp. The clouds had come in
at that altitude so I was literally walking through clouds the entire time. The thru-hikers were
close behind me. But as I was nearing camp, the clouds started thinning out and I got a glimpse of
sunset peaking through the fog. It was one of the most beautiful things I'd ever witnessed.
The others and I stopped and simply stared. They said it was the most beautiful section of the hike
they'd experienced so far -- I can see why.
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/freeze.jpg"), :caption => "Freezing my ass off") %>
The sky lit up in vivid shades of pink, magenta, and purple. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I'd ever seen.
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/lit.jpg"), :caption => "Pink skies") %>
After getting back down to camp, we made dinner and started a fire to warm ourselves. Surprisingly, there
weren't any clouds that night, so I tried my hand at capturing the rising Milky Way.
<%= image(:src => url_for("2017-08-18-packwood-lake-to-old-snowy-loop/stars.jpg"), :caption => "The Milky Way rises over the Goat Rocks.") %>
### Day 3
We woke up to catch the sunrise. It was beautiful, but it was so so cold. I put on all my layers
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We hiked back down to Packwood Saddle and took the left fork
to get onto the Upper Packwood Lake Trail.
Then we had 12 miles of mostly downhill through dense forest.
Lots of bees, but thankfully there weren't too many mosquitos.
Lots of bees, but thankfully there weren't too many mosquitos.
All in all, it was an amazing trip. I can't wait for the next opportunity to go back outdoors!
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